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ISSUE:  BROKE URL 121
DATE:  August 24, 2003
TITLE: Hobo TRAVEL TIPS - Road to Baghdad, Iraq - Tip - Illusions of Safety
TIP: Illusions of Safety
LOCATION: Arbil or Baghdad, Iraq

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Unfortunately the bombing of the UN building
in Baghdad and a few other current events
justify and prove these ideas. In your country
you are poor. In another country you are rich.
The world is about class system anger, just
because you think you love them, does not mean
they love you back. You can have an enemy
and have nothing to do with the problem.

TRAVEL SAFETY ILLUSIONS
Here is a list of illusions perpetuated in the
name of selling hotel rooms and tours.
The solution to being safe is to not become
a the rich person target.

1. EXPENSIVE HOTELS ARE SAFE.
This is at the top of the list. This is stupid.
It may be safer from getting robbed, but you are
on the top of list of getting Killed.
"The world is about rich against poor."
Be a normal person, living in normal places.
Being first class, will guarantee you to be first
to be kidnapped, robbed, or killed.

2. ISLAMIC PEOPLE ARE NOT AFTER YOU.
Yes you are correct. Most are not.
But do you know which ones.
Any travel in a Islamic nation is more dangerous
then a non Islamic nation. There is a declare
war on you. It is called Jihad. Do not be delusional.
This is dangerous.

3. A RENTAL CAR IS GOOD
This is the best way to allow the thieves, corrupt
police, and the whole world to isolate you.
There are multiple bombing of cars. The bus type
bomb only happens in Israel. The normal person
only wants to kill the enemy. A rental car isolates
and help them kill only you..

4. A GUIDE WILL KEEP YOU SAFE.
1-50 maybe. Look for a guide for information.
If you are looking for a guide for safety.
Probably best to not go, unless you can be your
own guide.

5. THE EMBASSY HAS A CLUE
Do not believe the best advice is from your
embassy. These people live in safe caves
and not with the people. Information from
them is very suspect.

6. POOR PEOPLE ARE GOOD
This is one of the most dangerous concepts that
is believed in the world. The normal person is
poor because they are lazy. If the whole country
is very very poor. That is different.

7. PAYING MORE MONEY WILL KEEP YOU SAFE.
TIPS, BONUS, ETC.
The criminals all group around the expensive hotels.
The Taxi driver that wants to cheat the person.
The Tour operator that wants easy money.
I understand easy money, but the good person
in the world is not happy making a living by trying to
get money for nothing. A good person will keep you
safe for free, and does not want money. They feel
it to be their personal responsibility as a human.
Look for good people. You cannot buy this.

8. YOU ARE SMART ENOUGH TO AVOID DANGER.
Brains does help, but it is not going to stop all danger.
Minimize yes.

9. THE KILLERS ONLY WANT AMERICANS
I love to listen to the Europeans. They are by
default Americans in another country. They are the
blood and the genetics of Americans. All western
countries look the same to another country.

10. CAR CONVOYS ARE SAFE
I will thank the UN again. Someone is the target.
If you are the target. It is not me. A convoy only
guarantees that people have a clear target.

11. TRANSLATORS WILL SAVE YOU MONEY
AND KEEP YOU SAFE.
You will learn only what they want to tell you.
Normally you will pay triple or more.
Safety is not about language skills.

12. IF YOU DO NOT TALK ABOUT RELIGION
AND POLITICS YOU ARE SAFE.
This will minimize your risk. But the person
talking with you is probably not going to kill you.
It is the person that sits back and fumes.
Full of anger and resentment because you fit
the stereotype of who they want to kill.

13. GUNS WILL PROTECT.
A person that is protected by a gun.
Probably needs protected and would appear important.
Are you that important. So why tell anyone you
are, and become a target.

14. LYING WILL PROTECT YOU.
Tell them you are from Canada.
Tell them you are Muslim.
I remember an Israel girl in southern Thailand
saying she was from India.
If you get caught. The will not trust you on
anything and you could triple your danger.
Then they could to jump to even worst conclusions.
You are a spy, etc.

15. STAYING IN ONE LOCATION IS GOOD.
After about 10-50 days according to the country
people start to wonder why you are there?
The gossip starts, and can go any way it wishes.
You cannot stop gossip. It is dangerous.

16. THEY HAVE NEVER BEEN ROBBED.
A tour operator. A country. A person says,
"We have never had a problem, or... etc. etc."
I have problems on a weekly basis.
I have been robbed one time in 7 years.
For those of you that have read this newsletter for
a few years you may remember this and how I discussed
it in the tips and newsletter. If you hear a person say,
"We have never had a problem."
They are a liar and you should not trust them.
It is not natural to have no problem.
Especially in a hotel.

17. MONEY BELTS WILL PROTECT YOUR MONEY.
Everyone know you have one. It just slows them down.
I recommend a money belt or better yet my secret pockets
but they only slow down the robber.

Try to be so normal that you are not notices.
Live in a normal place, and drive a normal car.
Dress normal for the country.

I wish I could just tell you simple solutions to
being safe. Safety is lots of issues wrapped up
in a varied and complex package. One time
what is correct is wrong, the next time the opposite
is true. The correct answer always is changing.

Travel safety is about wisdom and empathy.
The wisdom to recognize the truth.
The empathy to find the truth.
Know your enemy and accept that anyone
could be your enemy. But smile at everyone
and you will be protected and helped by your
friends.

Just another day in Paradise!
PLAN YOUR ESCAPE...
Be a Hobo, and leave your mark.

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As always, these are suggestions. Please realize I am
giving guidance, and there are always other opinions.
“One mans paradise, is another mans hell”
This way we do not all go to the same place.

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